Starting in mid- to late-March, local seniors may hear from volunteer outreach callers.
The outreach campaign is to check on the wellness of older adults in the community and offer information on current services available to them. The program seeks to combat senior loneliness and isolation as part of Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s response to the pandemic.
Volunteers are being recruited primarily by Women’s Philanthropy of Milwaukee Jewish Federation to make outreach phone calls and further participate in the Jewish Family Services Friendly Caller Program.
Partners in the effort include synagogues, Hillel Milwaukee and Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee. The partners are helping with recruitment of volunteers.
Callers will not ask for any personal information that should not be disclosed. “We want to remind our seniors to never provide sensitive information over the phone such as financial, banking or Social Security information,” said Director of Community Impact Louise Jesse of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
If you’re interested being called or to refer a senior to be called, contact Jewish Family Services at Clinic@JfsMilw.org.
To volunteer to make friendly outreach calls, contact JFS Special Events & Volunteer Services Manager Crysta Schlitz at CSchlitz@JfsMilw.org or 414-225-1390 to begin the volunteer approval process.